TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Brendan Mikkelson #29 of the Tampa Bay Lightning passes the puck during pre-game skate against the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 18, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis